The decubitus ulcer treatment market has been forecast to hit an industry value of $6.9 billion by 2018, driven by the high prevalence of age related illnesses, growing product awareness and technology developments that enhance product efficacy.
Pressure ulcers, also known as decubitus ulcers or bedsores, are localised injuries to the skin and/or underlying tissue that usually occur over a bony prominence as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear and/or friction.
Pressure ulcers most commonly develop in persons who are not moving about or are confined to wheelchairs. It is widely believed that other factors can influence the tolerance of skin for pressure and shear, thereby increasing the risk of pressure ulcer development.
The decubitus ulcer treatment market continues to witness rapid transformations in the nature of products offered, the targeted users, and the application environment. Unaffordable costs are a major hindrance for wide acceptance of the specialty products. As a result, companies are constantly innovating and delivering cost-effective products, without compromising on therapeutic values.
Various support surfaces, such as alternating air pressure mattresses, air fluidised beds, low air loss beds, foam mattresses, and other local area support products are presently being used in healthcare facilities and homes for the prevention and treatment of decubitus ulcers.
The US represents the largest market worldwide led by an increased incidence and prevalence of decubitus ulcers and chronic wounds among the aging baby boomers.
In the past few years, the US witnessed a major change in reimbursement policies, with the removal of reimbursement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for facility-acquired pressure ulcers.
As a result of the policy change, hospitals are currently under increased pressure for reducing decubitus ulcer incidences, further driving demand for decubitus ulcer treatment products.
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